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Discussion on: I don't code outside of work

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Alex Sinclair

I know that feeling well - there's both a pressure to do your own thing, and when things are bad at work, you want to do a good thing to make up for it!

My first programming job was a year of stress and overtime. I never saw my partner. I was almost never home in my tiny flat in a town I hated. Then I realised I literally don't have to accept that. I started working my contracted hours. My code got better, my solutions got better!

I know how you feel, but doing more of what makes you stressed could well burn you out properly, and it's not worth it.

I've been a developer for 6 years, and I almost never code outside of work, I never really have, and I've still got a great job.